Diane Bestwick Author banquet, and other great celebrations

A Fun and Fabulous Evening with Author  Diane Bestwick


Diane engaged us with her story of living in China and the motivation to write her book

“and a bird sang”

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at the beautifully appointed Golden City Restaurant

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Diane’s information table was fascinating.

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The 25th anniversary display was beautiful and informative.

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The dumpling raffle was a very fun success.

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First prize winner Doris was especially  delighted.

Thank you for your support. Over $400 came in from the dumpling raffle.

This money is earmarked for  1 Up Single Parent resource Center


C-Fax Miracle on Broad Street 

All profits from the sales of Diane’s book

and a bird sang

go to  post operative foster homes in China

The evening book sales resulted in a $365 deposit to  Diane’s chosen foster home.

Guest response

“The food and company were fantastic and I enjoyed Diane’s thoughtful presentation. It was a great evening!”

“When do the Chinese New Year’s tickets go on sale?”

  We were honoured with 3  more local authors 

attending as guests


Pat Nichol Becoming Courageous and Outrageous  courageous-outrageous

Donna Marie Lynch 50ish  50-ish

Melanie Eng Gutsy Lady Travel  gutsy-lady-travel


yasuko-thanh Yasuka Thahn

was represented by her mother and father. She had to miss the banquet last minute


to attend to her  nomination for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction prize shortlist.

Lioness  certainly hope to entice some, or all  of them to be  future  author banquet presenters.

Special thanks


Anne Scott President District 19-I Lioness

 Victoria Chinatown Lions

La Limousines

Poppies Floral Art

VCKY padding club members

Fairway Gorge Padding  Club members

Diane’s many friends, and student Summer

and to guests who brought toiletries for our Mother’s Day boxes project

More Celebrations in October


Lioness celebrate  Chinatown Lion’s Club 60th anniversary

next up in November

Festival of Trees 25th Anniversary

Trees group shot

This is our last year’s tree. Visit the blog next month to see  and vote for our 2016 tree.

To start your 2017 right, celebrate with us

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster


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Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017


Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.

Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com


“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore” : that’s us Lioness Ladies, as a collective !!! “

For background information

Santa’s AnonymousVolunteers and donation ideas

 Swallows Nest  success stories

See last month;s blog post for more information on

one child policy

Chinese children adoptees






Summer to September : 25th Anniversary of VCL giving to the community and world

Victoria Dragon Boat festival

supporting Breast Cancer research

and celebrating survivors

dragon boat festival 2016

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness, Annette and  Pei Mei volunteers  at the Beer Garden, Galye and Amanda volunteers in the V.I.P. tent.


   Women 2 Warrior

supporting Easter Seals

W2W 20116

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Lioness Pei Mei, Annette, Lily, Galye , Donna and Amanda  helping out with registration.

Victoria Chinatown Lioness 25 anniversary 


VCL lioness family and friends celebrate 25 years of camaraderie and community service.

VCL Annual Author Banquet  

and a bird sang

Saturday October 22, 6 p.m.

tickets $40 : available through  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

at Gala Fabric 1483 Douglas St, Victoria,

or your favourite Lioness

Book your table for  10 friends NOW

Diane in Bue


When Lei becomes pregnant with her second child, she faces the anguish of continuing her pregnancy or having a forced abortion as required by Chinese law.

Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick explores the personal tragedies of the Chinese one policy  in her poignant novel “And A Bird Sang” As a teacher in China for eight years, Diane first experienced the sad reality of the one child policy and  resulted in the  motivation to write her first book. Her book will be for sale at the banquet . It is also available at Amazon/Kindle , special order Munro Books.

 The money raised at this event goes directly back  to people in our community .

 Donation application form


 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster


fancy rooster papercut


Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017  for Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.   Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com




Zone-i-2-informer- September 2016

Soapbox DG Lion’s Sept 2016




June Celebrations for Victoria Chinatown Lioness

June: A Month of   Celebrations

 Lion’s Club District Governor  Brian Phillips  will honour our  June meeting when he  installs the new 2016/2017/2018 Victoria Chinatown Lioness President and  Executive Board.

Congratulations to our new president

Lioness Annette

Annette president Elect 2016

“I take heart to one of the rules of life:

That the whole is always greater than the sum of it’s parts!

With teamwork and by focusing on doing what the Victoria Chinatown Lioness are best known for, providing for those in need, I know we can continue being the passionate, heart-centered club we have been for the last 25 years.

I am thankful for all the past members who have made our club what it is today and grateful for the support of our current members. I am truly honored to be the incoming President of this group of passionate women. I am committed to serving the club to the best of my abilities and I look forward to the continued support of my Lioness sisters. Together, in communication , we will continue to serve our community with pride.”

Lioness Annette


  VCL  2014-2016

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Thank you Lioness Amanda


A heart-felt thanks to our outgoing President Amanda, our leader the past two years  through a dynamic period of growth.

I am very proud and honoured to have served as President of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club for the past two years.

During this time, at our Author Banquets we have hosted, learned from and  enjoyed  Chinese Canadian authors  Janie Chang, and Olivia Chow  in 2014,  and Evelyn Lau, and Paul Yee in 2015.  As a part of these events we have donated books to the Victoria Public Libraries .

Our annual highlight, the Chinese New Year fundraising dinners were enhanced by presenters  Daniela Cubelic in 2015, and professors  Imogene Lim , and  John Price  in 2016. The funds from these and other events, along with the  dedication and energies of our members, enabled us  to  successfully donate funds to our community including  Angel Flights, Victoria  Chinatown Care Foundation, Lion’s  Club Spot Vision Screening project, and Miracle on Broad Street . We have also provided  services to the local community  including meals service at Mustard Seed.

We were very honored in  January 2016 when awarded the District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation “for the invaluable work the Victoria Chinatown Lioness, have done in your community, the Zone and District 19.”

I have, and continue to value our Lionesses. I am proud of our service and look forward to my continued work with this dynamic club.”

sincerely,                                                                                                           Lioness Amanda


Welcome New Member

welcome new memebers


District Newsletter

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LIONESS AND LIONS of District 19-1

click here  June 2016 Bravo Zulu 

to see more of our Lioness/Lions activities


March Momentum : Mothers Day, New Board Members, Facebook and more


1 Up Single PArent Mothers Day boxes

Our 2015 boxes full of Mothers Day take out gift boxes .

One of our very favourite projects are the  Mother’s Day gift boxes. Each year we prepare over 200 beautified Chinese take out boxes and fill them to the brim  with new toiletries.We deliver them to the Single Parent Resource Center,  Victoria Women’s Transition House and Bridges for Women

The children associated with Bridges Women get to select one of the boxes  to give to their mothers on Mothers day.Extra Lovely.

We greatly appreciate all donations, or leads , for perfume and beauty product samples. Contact any Victoria Chinatown Lioness if you have items to donate.



We are again collecting used eyeglasses for Lions Recycle for Sight 

Contact any Lioness or Lion.



We celebrate

President elect Annette Quan

and her new board for 2016-2017  ,  elected March 14.


chinatown tours thank you

An exuberant thank you from the latest tour from a local elementary school


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